2021-22 was another year of excellence in endeavors both on and off campus for Bishop’s students.
Bishop’s Robotics Team – The RoboKnights – Excel in 2022
The RoboKnights (Team 5285), formed 11 years ago, compete in a national competition run by an organization called US FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Founded over 30 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the vision of US FIRST is: “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
BMHS competes in a Southern California region made up of over 150 teams divided into leagues of 15 teams each. At the end of January, the RoboKnights competed in a qualifying tournament held at Fountain Valley High School for a chance at the SoCal Regionals.
At the tournament in Fountain Valley, 12 teams were placed into four, 3-team alliances; BMHS was paired with teams from Monterey Park HS and Anaheim HS. After a tight match in the semi-finals, the RoboKnights advanced to the finals and were, once again, victorious. With their win, the RoboKnights advanced to the SoCal Regionals in Monrovia where 36 teams (from the original 150 teams) competed for a chance at the national competition in Houston. Despite a strong effort at regionals, the RoboKnights did not qualify for nationals; however, they are already in the planning stages for their next competition in the 2022-23 school year.
“The new Robotics Lab on campus has been instrumental in growing both the team and their available resources,” says BMHS Science teacher and Robotics Coach John Sansalone. “I am proud of our dedicated team whose skills and abilities continue to amaze me.”
George Hasnah ’23 is the Co-Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of the Curieux Academic Journal, a youth-led nonprofit that publishes exceptional research by high school and middle school students. Their goal is to help students nationwide reach their potential and dive deeper into research. For more, visit www.curieuxacademicjournal.com or follow them on Instagram @thecurieuxjournal.
Tobi Twombley ‘22 was accepted into the prestigious Ailey School’s certificate program. The Ailey School has been training world-class dancers since 1969. Twombley will spend three years in Manhattan, New York studying the dance techniques of Horton, Graham, Taylor, Dunham and Release, as well as classical ballet.
In March, our Sports Medicine & Exercise Science students, led by teacher Alvin Dunn ’96, participated in the Annual High School Sports Medicine Seminar at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. At the seminar, hosted by Providence Health Services, students heard from local physicians about the latest topics in sports medicine, related injuries and treatments and participated in lab scenarios.
March 21-25 was BMHS’ Annual Arts Fest Week, a weeklong celebration of visual and performing arts. Each day of the week highlighted a different medium and the week concluded on Friday night with our Art Walk, where students, parents, faculty and friends walked through the media center for the art gallery while our talented musicians provided music for the night.
This Spring, seniors Giovanni Lara ’22 (3rd from right) and Kellan Marshall ’22 (2nd from right) were recognized for their academic achievements by the Black Male Excellence Project. Lara plans to attend Long Beach State and Marshall will attend Howard University.